Earlier this year Planet Fitness started and completed construction on their latest gym which opened for business later in the month. I thought to myself that now I have no excuse not to go to the gym because there was one within walking distance to my home, one that had all the machines needed to get in shape. It took me until April to finally go online and open an account.
Now all I needed to do was to go. Days turned into weeks as I passed by it, never even going in to see what it looked like.
Today is Mothers Day. Today I went to the gym this morning. It had all the machines I was familiar with, and I actually stayed over an hour working out. I felt good having done it, and I wondered why it took me so long to even begin.
I suppose that is the issue, just beginning. Countless times I wondered why even bother, thinking it would not work, though it worked for others I knew and read about. I noticed how they started and continued. There may have been times when they faltered, but it did not deter them from continuing on in their quest to lose weight and get healthy. Being a caregiver for my mother gave me even more incentive to go to the gym as a way of distressing myself. But still, I did not go.
I was reminded of a scripture I heard on a program this morning:
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
Once God begins He never quits. He considers the work that has begun is a good one, worthy of completion. And that means He will see it to the end. It further means that when you are willing to accept and receive that good work, life will be much easier to live, because you are allowing him to do the work in you.
And so I hope to got to the gym tomorrow, hoping to keep a commitment to work out for the next five days, and to be open to the good work being performed of being on the road to getting healthy, and being like those who have 100+ pounds.
With God, all things are possible.